P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.05.2019 - 30.04.2021

€251 396

€197 546

Project Summary:

Young people in the 18-30 age group with a history of mental illness face the risk of social & economic exclusion. To address this challenge, a cross-border approach is needed because relevant professionals located in different regions, can offer a more comprehensive response to the target group's needs.

The project aims at developing a holistic & transferable training programme which will build on the experience and expertise of the R & D Centre located in Linkoping, Sweden & Zemgale Planning Region in Latvia to promote the inclusion of this target group. The programme includes personal action planning, the recruitment & training of mentors, & a toolkit of options including arts/creative activities, sports, excursions, volunteering, vocational 'taster courses & work experience to support individuals in moving closer to the labour market.

The project activities will be piloted with 20 mentors and 40 young people. The results will be evaluated & disseminated to the project target groups.

Lead Partner

FoU Centrum Linkopings kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 161.407 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 121.055 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Zemgale Planning Region

Country: LV

Partner budget: 89.989 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 76.491 EUR ERDF

Expected results

1. The main result achieved will be to reduce the exclusion of 2 groups of young people with mental health problems in 2 regions & a further 3 geographical communities participating in the training programme & to enhance their social & economic integration. 40 young people will be trained & at least 90% will enhance their personal/vocational skills, and / or move closer to the labour market & employment. Participants will be surveyed at the end of the course & at least 90% will confirm that the programme has enhanced their social/economic inclusion.

2. The project will also recruit & train at least 20 mentors/personal coaches, either community, peer group or work based, who will offer ongoing guidance /support to young people on the programme. In addition it will establish Stakeholder Forums in each partner region involving representatives of municipalities, training providers, employers & geographical communities ( particularly communities with high numbers of recent migrants who experience higher rates of mental health problems than the average) targeted through the piloting from where the young people will be recruited. This will mean that at least 140 people will participate in the project as a whole. Participants in thje forums & their activities will be surveyed at the end of the project & at least 90% will confirm that the poroject has improved the social/economic inclusion of paricipating young people

3. These project results will directly contribute to achievement of the project overall objective & the specific objective of the programme & its main results indicator. A key output of the project will be the development of the holistic training/support programme & this will provide the basis for mainstreaming, dissemination & sustainability supporting the social & economic integration of many more young people in the future.